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Nicolas JafariehNicolas Jafarieh was appointed general counsel of Sallie Mae. Jafarieh joined the or­ganization, formally the SLM Corp., in 2008, and has exten­sive experience in fi­nancial services and consumer protection, most recently manag­ing several key legal areas, including corpo­rate governance and re­porting, litigation, em­ployment and benefits, equity and compensa­tion, corporate insur­ance, and a number of consumer and regula­tory matters.

Prior to joining Sallie Mae, Jafarieh was in private practice, first at Akin Gump in Wash­ington, D.C., and sub­sequently at his own firm. He has coun­seled and represented Fortune 500 financial services, energy and technology companies, both domestically and internationally.

Steve KlepperSteve Klepper was recognized for excel­lence in insurance law by Chambers USA. Klepper is a lead attor­ney in Kramon & Gra­ham’s appellate practice in Baltimore.


Heather L. Carlton, assistant U.S. attorney, was named deputy criminal chief for the Western District of Vir­ginia in April by U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen. Carlton has been a federal prosecutor in the Western District of Virginia since 2014.

Andrew Falevich joined Vedder Price as a shareholder in the tax and estate planning practice group in the New York office. Fal­evich focuses his prac­tice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and partnership transac­tions. Previously, Falev­ich was special counsel at Fried Frank.

Jonathan KippJonathan Kipp joined Maynard Cooper’s se­curities and tax prac­tice as a shareholder in Birmingham, Ala. Kipp represents a wide range of clients in connec­tion with business entity formation and capital­ization, private securi­ties placements, private equity and venture capital investments, mergers and acquisi­tions, investment fund formation and regula­tion, and the negotiation of licensing, product de­velopment, manufactur­ing, services and similar agreements.

Curtis Petersen, a shareholder in the real estate practice group of Polsinelli in Kansas City, Mo., was named a BTI Client Service All- Star by BTI Consulting Group. BTI’s All-Stars are not nominated; they are singled out by legal decision-makers at com­panies with revenues greater than $1 billion, using a six-trait evalu­ation system: superior client focus, client expe­rience, legal skills, un­matched business un­derstanding, outsized value and innovative thought leadership.

Cmdr. Erin QuayU.S. Navy Cmdr. Erin Quay is serving as deputy fleet judge advo­cate in the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Quay has received several awards through­out her 14-year career, which includes a tour in Iraq. Outside of the mili­tary, Quay volunteers at the Norfolk Ronald McDonald House and sponsors more than 10 “sisters” in the Women for Women Interna­tional Program, giving women from high-con­flict areas the necessary training to start a new life and support their families. “She leads by example and anyone who knows her, both professionally and per­sonally, is inspired by her proactive role in contributing to a better world,” writes a friend.

Thomas R. Waskom was promoted to partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth in Richmond, Va. Waskom focuses his practice on class action, mass tort and environ­mental litigation.

Jeff L. White was named one of Law360’s 2018 Rising Stars for antitrust/competition in recognition of his ability to navigate com­plicated merger reviews to find solutions that get multibillion-dollar deals through to closing. Law360’s profile high­lighted White’s work advising Allergan on the $39 billion sale of its global generics business to Teva in 2016, which he describes as one of the most challenging of his career.

Tyler Chance YarbroTyler Chance Yarbro was elected manag­ing partner of Dodson Parker Behm & Cappar­ella in Nashville, Tenn. Yarbro represents busi­nesses and individuals in a wide range of em­ployment matters. In addition to employment and business law, her litigation practice in­volves disputes relating to personal injury, crimi­nal and probate matters. She joined the firm in 2011, from the Metro­politan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, where she represented thousands of clients and handled numerous jury trials. Yarbro also teaches trial advocacy at Vanderbilt Law School.

In 2017, she was ap­pointed by the Metro Council to the Green­ways and Open Space Commission. Previously, she served on the Com­munity Corrections Ad­visory Board for nine years. She also serves on the YWCA Advo­cacy Committee and on the board of directors of Rooftop Nashville. 2005

Scott Horton recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of his firm Horton Law by pub­lishing his first book, “New York Manage­ment Law: The Practi­cal Guide to Employ­ment Law for Business Owners and Managers.” The book was published by Modern Legal Media in paperback and e-book format in April.

Kim Oe-Sook and E. Wade Ballou Jr.A practicing lawyer in Korea since 1992, Kim Oe-Sook LL.M. became the minister of govern­ment legislation of the Republic of Korea in June 2017. The ministry, a central administrative agency, oversees and co­ordinates government legislation and reviews drafts proposed by the executive branches by taking a government-wide and comprehen­sive approach.

After the bilateral meeting between the leaders of South Korea and the United States, she visited the U.S. to improve the legislative exchange and coopera­tion in December 2017. At that time, she visited the Office of Informa­tion and Regulatory Affairs, the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Repre­sentatives. In particular, she met with E. Wade Ballou Jr. ’83, the leg­islative counsel of the Office of the Legisla­tive Counsel of the U.S. House of Representa­tives. They talked, for the first time, about sharing the legisla­tive experience of the two organizations, and Oe-sook reported a pleasant exchange.

Tiffany M. gravesGraves ’06 Named National Pro Bono Counsel

Tiffany M. Graves ’06 joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in March as its first pro bono counsel, a firm-wide position for overseeing the development and administration of the firm’s pro bono programs. She is based in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office.

Bradley’s footprint touches nine communities in seven states, she said. Over 11 million people live at or below poverty in the states in which Bradley has offices.

“My biggest goal in this position is to enhance and cultivate our already strong commitment as we work to address the unmet and often high-stakes legal needs of indigent individuals and charitable institutions throughout the Southeast,” Graves said.

Additionally, the Mississippi Bar in July appointed Graves chair of the family law sections for the 2018-19 terms.

She previously served as executive director of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, promoting initiatives to improve and expand access to civil justice to the nearly 700,000 Mississippians living in poverty.

Graves also is active with the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and the Community Advisory Board of the MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an inaugural fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network.

—Mike Fox


John H. Doyle was hired in April by Maine Gov. Paul LePage to serve as deputy counsel and senior policy adviser for public safety. Doyle formerly worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.

Clayton T. Holland was promoted to partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth in Houston, Texas. Holland focuses his practice on serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and bank counsel in tax-exempt financ­ings for cities, counties, school districts, charter schools, junior college districts, water districts, special districts and nonprofit corporations.

David A. Reed was pro­moted to partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Reed con­centrates his practice on patent infringement disputes, with particu­lar emphasis on district court litigation, post-grant proceedings and related appeals. Reed lives in Atlanta with his wife, Sara, and their two girls, Annie and Elizabeth.

Cristiane “Crissy” R. Wolfe is a partner with Krevolin & Horst’s corporate practice in Atlanta. Wolfe focuses her practice on provid­ing corporate and trans­action counsel to public and private companies in a variety of industries, including the health care and aviation industries. Previously, Wolfe was a partner in Dentons’ Atlanta office. Outside of legal practice, Wolfe serves on the board of Legal Aid Atlanta.


Irell & Manella partner Rebecca Carson was one of three lawyers na­tionwide recognized as the 2018 Rising Stars in technology by Law360. Carson was also named one of the 2018 Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.

J. Austin Curry of the Dallas-based intellec­tual property and busi­ness litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry was recognized among the state’s top young lawyers in Super Lawyers’ 2018 Texas Rising Stars. This is the fifth Rising Stars se­lection for Curry, who focuses his practice on patent infringement dis­putes and complex com­mercial litigation.

Curry recently helped win a $502.6 million patent infringe­ment verdict for firm client VirnetX Inc. against technology giant Apple Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. That verdict fol­lowed a 2017 judgment of $439.7 million in favor of VirnetX following a separate Eastern District trial the firm also won against Apple involving different products.

Last November, Curry also helped a group of Texas property owners turn back an attempt by the federal government to claim nearly 90,000 acres of private prop­erty near the Red River along the Texas/Okla­homa border. After pre­paring the case for trial, the firm negotiated a settlement that allowed the landowners to retain their property. The set­tlement also firmly es­tablished the border between Texas and Okla­homa as lying within the flow of the Red River.

Katherine Rohrbaugh recently relocated from Illinois to Seattle with her husband and 3-year-old son, Christo­pher. She is corporate counsel, physical stores at Amazon.

Matt Fitzgerald
Matt Fitzgerald ’08

Fitzgerald ’08, Among Alumni Team, Wins Debut At U.S. Supreme Court

Matt Fitzgerald ’08, co-chair of the appeals and issues group at McGuireWoods’ Richmond, Va., office, argued his first case before the U.S. Supreme Court this past term and won. Brian D. Schmalzbach ’10 of McGuireWoods and Charlottesville at­torney Charles L. Weber Jr. ’98 were his co-counsel.

Collins v. Virginia, decided May 29, narrowed the so-called “automobile excep­tion” with respect to search-and-seizure protections, holding that the doctrine “does not permit the warrantless entry of a home or its curtilage in order to search a vehicle therein.”

The court ruled 8-1 in favor of Char­lottesville resident Ryan Collins, who complained that police, acting without a warrant, walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering a mo­torcycle, which turned out to be stolen. Collins had twice eluded police in high-speed chases in which he rode an orange and black motorcycle, and au­thorities used Collins’ Facebook page to track the motorcycle to his girlfriend’s home.

Brian Schmalzbach
Brian Schmalzbach ’10

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in September 2016 that the automobile exception applied because the vehicle was “readily mobile” with easy access to a road and because police reasonably believed “the motorcycle was contra­band.”

McGuireWoods took on the appeal pro bono last fall, and Fitzgerald pre­sented oral argument in January.

“We found this case after the deci­sion in the Supreme Court of Virginia,” he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We read the decision ... and we thought that it looked interesting, that it might be the sort of thing the U.S. Supreme Court might be interested in.”

Charles L. Weber Jr.
Charles L. Weber Jr. ’98

The high court’s opinion, penned by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, reversed the state court and warned that such per­missive policing would be a slippery slope.

“To allow an officer to rely on the au­tomobile exception to gain entry into a house or its curtilage for the purpose of conducting a vehicle search would unmoor the exception from its justifi­cations, render hollow the core Fourth Amendment protection the Constitu­tion extends to the house and its cur­tilage, and transform what was meant to be an exception into a tool with far broader application,” Sotomayor wrote.

Over the past several years, Fitzger­ald also has argued cases in several federal appellate courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Georgia Supreme Court. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Judge Edward E. Carnes of the Eleventh Circuit in Montgomery, Ala.

—Mike Fox


Robert T. Dumbacher was promoted to partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth in Atlanta. Dumbacher focuses his practice on representing and ad­vising employers in complex labor relations and employment plan­ning and disputes, in­cluding trade secrets/ noncompete disputes and wage and hour issues.

John J. EngelJohn J. Engel, a member of Ballard- Spahr’s real estate de­partment, has been elected to partnership in the Baltimore office.

Aryan MoniriAryan Moniri was pro­moted to partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. Moniri represents clients in developing, financing, acquiring, and selling energy and infrastruc­ture projects, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Seth Ragosta is a shareholder with Lenhart Pettit in Char­lottesville. Ragosta focuses his practice on family law, investiga­tions and litigation com­pliance, and commercial litigation.

Kate SkagerbergKate Skagerberg was named as a 2018 Texas Rising Star in Super Lawyers for defense in personal injury (prod­ucts) claims. Skagerberg practices with Beck Redden in Houston.

Alec SolotorovskyAlec Solotorovsky joined Eimer Stahl as partner in the firm’s antitrust and complex litigation practices in Chicago, after 10 years at Kirkland & Ellis. Solotorovsky litigates complex commercial disputes involving con­tracts, private equity, and other mergers and acquisition transac­tions; trade secrets; post-employment re­strictive covenants and executive em­ployment. His clients span industries such as finance, construc­tion, health care, food, aerospace, education, retail, medical device and steel services in­dustries.

Sabina A. VaynerA recipient of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ 2018 Ex­cellence in Pro Bono Service Award, Soloto­rovsky has an active pro bono practice that in­cludes civil rights work on behalf of incarcer­ated clients and coun­seling a local charter school on labor, em­ployment and regula­tory issues. Sabina A. Vayner joined Greenberg Trau­rig’s Atlanta office as of counsel in the enter­tainment and media practice and the trade­mark and brand man­agement group. Vayner represents brand owners and creators across a broad spec­trum of industries in trademark, copyright, and advertising litiga­tion, enforcement and counseling matters. She has experience litigat­ing federal trademark, copyright, false adver­tising, and trade dress infringement actions, and regularly repre­sents clients in pro­ceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

For the past six years, Vayner has been rec­ognized as a Georgia Rising Star in the area of intellectual prop­erty litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2017, she was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40,” and in 2014, she was selected as one of Georgia Trend maga­zine’s “40 Under 40.” Vayner has also been recognized by the World Trademark Review as a leading trademark prac­titioner in the publica­tion’s annual WTR 1000 ranking for the past three years.


Robert L. BurnsRobert L. Burns was elected a director at Richards, Layton & Finger in Wilming­ton, Del. Burns focuses his practice on cor­porate and commer­cial litigation in Dela­ware’s state and federal courts, including the Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court. Burns has liti­gated numerous cor­porate control, corpo­rate governance and fiduciary duty matters, as well appraisal actions and contractual disputes.

Brian Johnson was appointed acting deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by acting Director Mick Mulvaney in July. Johnson was formerly principal policy direc­tor at the CFPB.

Bryan StarrettBryan Starrett was recognized in Bench­mark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List. Starrett is a partner with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, N.C., and represents clients in all levels of state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court.

Joseph WardenJoseph Warden was selected as a 2018 life sciences Rising Star by Law360. The award honors attorneys under the age of 40 with notable accomplish­ments in their practice area. Warden, who is based in Fish & Richard­son’s Delaware office, was one of five attorneys selected for the distinc­tion.

Earlier this year, Warden argued the damages segment of the judgment as a matter of law that reversed a $2.5 billion jury verdict—the largest patent damages award in history — against client Gilead Sciences Inc. The case, Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. v. Gilead Sci­ences Inc., is part of an ongoing global dispute between Gilead and Merck & Co./Idenix over Gilead’s two block­buster drugs, Sovaldi and Harvoni.

Warden was also heavily involved in the Gilead Sciences Inc. v. Merck & Co. Inc., et al. trial over the same hepatitis C drugs. He second-chaired the damages portion of the March 2016 trial. Merck was asking for over $2 billion, but the jury awarded Merck only $200 million. That award was sub­sequently reversed in June 2016 after the Fish team proved litiga­tion and business mis­conduct by Merck and that the case was “ex­ceptional.” Warden led the subsequent briefing that netted Gilead $14 million in attorneys’ fees in July 2017.

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